[ doo-rey-shuh n, dyoo- ]
/ dʊˈreɪ ʃən, dyʊ- /


the length of time something continues or exists (often used with the).
continuance in time.
(in the philosophy of Bergson) a temporal continuum, intuitively known, within which the élan vital operates.

Origin of duration

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin dūrātiōn- (stem of dūrātiō), equivalent to Latin dūrāt(us) (past participle of dūrāre to last; see dure2) + -iōn- -ion


du·ra·tion·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for durational

  • The philosophy of the complex vision does not believe in "spirit" or "life-force" or "durational streams of tendency."

    The Complex Vision|John Cowper Powys

British Dictionary definitions for durational

/ (djʊˈreɪʃən) /


the length of time that something lasts or continues

Derived forms of duration

durational, adjective

Word Origin for duration

C14: from Medieval Latin dūrātiō, from Latin dūrāre to last
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